2018-2019 PRIVATE MUSIC LESSON FACULTY
Brent Selby – Cello Instructor
Brent Selby was born and raised on a cotton farm on the coastal plains of North Carolina. At the age of 12, Brent found his way to the cello through a special program on PBS that featured Dvorak's Cello Concerto. After making his way to Boston, Brent studied with Natasha Brofsky at the New England Conservatory of Music and with Mela Tenenbaum through her private studio. Since graduation, he served as founding principal cellist on the Video Game Orchestra, a Boston-based ensemble credited for popularizing a new genre of concert music. At the same time, he shared his love of playing cello with students of the Franklin String School where he currently teaches. He has created arrangements for both his students and ensembles he performs with, including the Franklin Cello Choir and the New England String Quartet, who he performs with regularly. His favorite performances include playing a duo with Bernadette Peters, soloing at Symphony Hall, and anytime he performs cello duos with his wife, Jackie Ludwig Selby.
CLARINET / SAXOPHONE
Doug Dufresne—Clarinet and Saxophone Instructor (1 of 2)
Douglas Dufresne is originally from Milford, Massachusetts, where he began playing the alto saxophone at the age of 10. Throughout his formative years, Mr. Dufresne greatly enjoyed performing with the school concert band, marching band, and jazz ensemble. This led to performances at the district level and during his senior year of high school, Mr. Dufresne was awarded the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award. This award, given only to high school seniors, was in recognition of outstanding musical achievement and an incredible dedication to the school’s jazz program. Upon graduating from high school in 2005, Mr. Dufresne continued to foster his love of music by earning his Bachelors of Music Education from UMass Dartmouth in 2010. After finishing college, Mr. Dufresne joined Holland America Cruise Lines as a saxophone, flute, and clarinet player. For two years, he traveled the world, performing with a variety of guest entertainers and in numerous Broadway-style shows. Mr. Dufresne began his teaching career upon his return and recently finished his fifth year of teaching. He is currently the band director at Medway Middle School for grades 5-8 in Medway, Massachusetts.
Denise Berson – Saxophone and Clarinet Instructor (2 of 2)
Denise Berson has a wealth of experience teaching small group and private lessons and both small and large band ensembles. Her teaching experience includes public and private schools in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Many of her students have participated in Rhode Island All State Solo and Ensemble, and in Southeastern Massachusetts District Music Festivals on junior and senior levels. Ms. Berson is the musical director/conductor of a summer band program, responsible for all facets of the program, ranging from scheduling and student recruitment to music selection and solidifying continued support of community partners. The program culminates in a final performance with 2 levels of band performing different styles of music. Ms. Berson currently performs with Clarinet Choir, Rhode Island Wind Ensemble, Marion Concert Band, and the Swansea Community Musicians.
Lori Halt – Flute Instructor
Lori Halt received her master's degree in musical performance from Boston University's School for the Arts and her bachelor's degree in musical performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she studied with celebrated flutist, Timothy Day. She performed regularly with several orchestral and chamber groups while in CA, and was invited to perform with the Luzern Symphony in Switzerland for the country's 700th anniversary celebration. Lori is currently a performing member of the Claflin Hill Symphony, Claflin Hill Summer Winds, Chaminade Opera and the Charles River Sinfonietta. As a freelancer, she has performed extensively throughout New England with ensembles including the Plymouth Philharmonic, Falmouth Chorale, Southeastern Massachusetts Festival Chorus, Taunton Festival Orchestra and several musical production companies. She also performs as solo flutist at the St. Ignatius Cathedral at Boston College.
Kevin Martins – French Horn Instructor
Kevin Martins is a Horn player with degrees in Psychology, Philosophy, Music Education and Horn Performance from Bristol Community College as well as the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He currently works in Blackstone and Millville where he teaches middle school band, high school jazz, beginning band, and the two-time National Champion Blackstone Millville Regional Marching Band. Mr. Martins resides with his wife Shannan, his daughter Leora, and his son Kellen in Medway, Massachusetts. In his free time, Mr. Martins enjoys fly fishing, disc golf and photography.
GUITAR / ELECTRIC GUITAR / UKULELE
Anna Freitas — Guitar Instructor
Anna has over fifteen years of experience teaching music. She specializes in private guitar lessons for students of all ages and skill levels. Anna believes in building a strong foundation of basic musical skills through the study of songs. Students will develop the ability to play basic rhythms in time, read music notation, become focused listeners, and eventually be able to play along with the recordings of the songs that they love. In addition to performing, studying music, and being a Mom to a young daughter, Anna truly enjoys working with kids of all ages teaching private lessons. She feels great satisfaction in knowing she had helps encourage an interest in music for a student, whichever direction it may take.
LOW BRASS (Baritone, Euphonium, Trombone, Tuba)
Chip Halt – Low Brass Instructor
Chip Halt began his musical career at age seven with the piano. Over the years, he moved on to trumpet, trombone, and bass trombone, before finding his home with the lowest of brass instruments, the tuba. He quickly won recognition, performing the Vaughan Williams Concerto for Tuba with the Phoenix Symphony while in his junior year of high school. In the past ten years, Chip has played in Canada, Europe, Asia and most of the United States with a number of chamber groups, orchestras and as soloist. In addition to performing, Chip has given clinics and masterclasses throughout the United States. He is the Principal Tuba with the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra and the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra. Along with his duties with Brass Venture, he maintains a busy schedule of private teaching, solo appearances and performing with various ensembles throughout New England.
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Hans Morrison – Percussion Instructor
Hans Morrison is a freelance percussionist performing with many different ensembles including the Boston Symphony, Boston Philharmonic, and Rhode Island Philharmonic. He enjoys teaching percussion in the Lifelong Music Academy programs (Band School of Franklin and Private Music Lesson program) because of the students. He says, “Each year I get to teach students with an eagerness to learn. I am also a resident of Franklin and like to help support the music program in the schools with my teaching.”
Juan Mesa – Piano Instructor
Juan A. Mesa began his early musical training in his native city of Puerto Montt in Chile, and completed a diploma in piano performance from Universidad Austral's Conservatory as a student of the renowned Ximena Cabello. He emigrated to the US in 2001, obtaining a Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance and composition from Western Connecticut State University and Master of Music degree in organ performance and early music at Indiana University. Juan has performed solo recitals across the US, Canada, Chile, and Argentina, and has collaborated with the Indiana-based Exordium Baroque Ensemble, the Crescendo Period Orchestra in western Connecticut, the Choirs of Trinity Episcopal Church in Indianapolis, MYRIAM ensemble of Boston, and the University of Notre Dame’s Children’s Choir, among others. Juan was a first-place winner of the New England RCYO competition in 2003, and was most recently a semi-finalist in the 2018 American Guild of Organists National Competition in Organ Improvisation. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Music Theory department at Indiana University, and for 6 years he led the multi-generational music program at St. Mary's church in Holliston, MA. He is currently Director of Music at Roslindale Congregational Church in Boston, and organist for The College Church SDA in Lancaster, MA.
Julie Signa – Trumpet Instructor
Julie Signa is the general music teacher and chorus director at Bellingham Memorial School, in Bellingham, MA. She teaches trumpet for the after-school beginning band program in Franklin, MA. She graduated from Rhode Island College with a bachelor’s degree in music education. She studied trumpet with Joe Foley and voice with Susan Rodgers. She was a member of the Rhode Island College Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Brass Ensemble, Trumpet Ensemble, and Rhode Island College Chorus. As a member of the Rhode Island College Chorus, she toured Germany and Prague under the direction of Dr. Teresa Coffman. She plays with the American Band as a member of the trumpet section.
Steven Sergi – Violin/Viola Instructor
Violist Steven Sergi began his musical journey at eight years old in Franklin, Massachusetts. Under the tutelage of Don Krishnaswami, Steven served as principal violist for the Boston Youth Symphony Repertory Orchestra, the Metrowest Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Franklin Repertory Orchestra.
Steven continued his studies at the Boston Conservatory. In 2014 Steven received his Master of Music Degree in Viola Performance at the Boston University College of Fine Arts. As a freelance musician in the Boston area he performs regularly with the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra, Atlantic Symphony and is a founding member of the Glenside Quartet. As a passionate teacher, Steven is a strong advocate of natural and artistic playing supported by good physical posture and technique.
Jill Noddin – Voice Instructor
Mrs. Noddin studied music at the University of Massachusetts, where she was involved in the University chamber choir and concert choir. She graduated cum laude with a degree in Music. After graduating, Mrs. Noddin took classes at the New England Conservatory, including opera studies, art song, IPA, diction and audition techniques. She has performed as a choral member with Chorus Pro Musica, and was chosen to sing with the Boston Philharmonic performing Gustav Holst’s “The Planets”. Mrs. Noddin continues to work as a professional soloist in the Boston area. In addition to offering private voice lessons, she also holds audition technique seminars, group voice lessons, and directs a small community chorus in Franklin, MA. Jill Noddin is currently a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.